It will all be okay!
Mark 14: 55 – 65
55 The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death, but they did not find any. 56 Many testified falsely against him, but their statements did not agree. 57 Then some stood up and gave this false testimony against him: 58 “We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this temple made with human hands and in three days will build another, not made with hands.’” 59 Yet even then their testimony did not agree. 60 Then the high priest stood up before them and asked Jesus, “Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?” 61 But Jesus remained silent and gave no answer. Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?” 62 “I am,” said Jesus. “And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.” 63 The high priest tore his clothes. “Why do we need any more witnesses?” he asked. 64 “You have heard the blasphemy. What do you think?” They all condemned him as worthy of death. 65 Then some began to spit at him; they blindfolded him, struck him with their fists, and said, “Prophesy!” And the guards took him and beat him.
Think on this:
Peter is approached by a servant girl and under a small threat to his life he denies ever knowing Jesus. Yet … Jesus is before the most powerful Jewish rulers at the time and at risk of his life, knowing it would lead to his death and he declares who he is.
As today begins once more I am reminded of how my hope is not in people or leaders, it is not in whether I will succeed or fail in this life and it is not even in the Church. My hope is in Jesus Christ.
Who he is determines my life.
My hope is not in what he has done or his sayings, Jesus doesn’t defend himself over those things. But it is in who He is. This is when Jesus spoke to defend His identity.
62 “I am,” said Jesus. “And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.”
Why did he say this?
He is definitely referring to Daniels vision of a heavenly being in the likeness of a man who comes to rule forever and lead the people of God to share in His rule. He is who Daniel saw 600 years previously, the Son of Man.
Daniel is clear that the Son of Man was human and distinct from God but he is also fully God himself. Jesus is being tried for blasphemy and yet those who stand before him will stand with the nations of the world before Him when he comes back to this earth.
Let me quote here chapter 7 of Daniel:
9 “As I looked, thrones were set in place, and the Ancient of Days took his seat. His clothing was as white as snow; the hair of his head was white like wool. His throne was flaming with fire, and its wheels were all ablaze.
10 A river of fire was flowing, coming out from before him. Thousands upon thousands attended him; ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him. The court was seated, and the books were opened…
13 “In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence.
14 He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshipped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.”
What does Daniel’s vision tell us?
- His clothing is as white as snow; unlike the kingdoms of this world he is clothed in righteousness.
- The kingdoms of this world are caught up with fighting for power, authority and activity of all kinds but the Ancient of Days is seated and in control.
- Daniel who so often is a figure isolated, standing for God in the midst of evil society – God has an army.
- 1000’s upon 1000’s ministering before Him.
- 10,000 x 10,000 standing before Him.
Some will be facing trials today fearing what may happen to them.
Some will be feeling a failure of what has happened.
Some will feel lonely having seen their friends desert them at the crucial hour.
So what is the message I am seeing this morning?
YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
Ultimate victory is not only God’s but in Christ it is ours too. v27 “the sovereignty, power and greatness of all the kingdoms under heaven will be handed over to the holy people of the Most High. His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all rulers will worship and obey him.”
And so the purpose of our life is not here, it is where the Ancient of Days is on his throne.
We don’t need to fear this life.
These are uncertain days but Christ is coming back, the Son of Man, and we will see him, the Ancient of Days on his throne.